Big guns misfire, Marseille draw
STRUGGLING giants Marseille failed to get a shot on target in a tense 0-0 draw with Lyon, whose team bus was stoned ahead of the bitter Ligue 1 clash yesterday.
Potential new Marseille owner, American tycoon Frank McCourt was at the Velodrome alongside club president Margarita Louis-Dreyfus where the under financed side failed to impress.
As the tension mounted Marseille striker Bafetimbi Gomis missed an injury time sitter against his former club leaving coach Franck Passi holding his head in his hands.
Marseille are now two points off the bottom of Ligue 1 while last season’s runners-up Lyon are in seventh, six points off leaders Monaco.
Lyon midfielder Corentin Tolisso said the draw was a good result for the visitors.
“Relatively speaking, after two defeats where we let in seven goals, to come here to Marseille and draw is a result,” he said.
In the early evening game a penalty deep into injury time gave Saint Etienne a 1-0 win at home over Bastia when substitute Romain Hamouma shook himself down from a foul to convert the spot kick.
Newly-recruited playmaker Younes Belhanda grabbed a point for Nice in a 1-1 draw at Montpellier with a determined late strike meaning his side climb above champions Paris Saint Germain into second place in Ligue 1.
Having come fourth last season, Nice lost their coach Claude Puel to Southampton while Hatem Ben Arfa moved on to PSG.
A towering Radamel Falcao header helped send Monaco top on Saturday while 20-year-old Thomas Lemar also scored twice at the end of the game.
Falcao’s career has hit the buffers since quitting Atletico Madrid but on Saturday, the 30-year-old Colombian leapt high at the back post and powered in a header in the 42nd minute to score his first goal for Monaco since August 2014 – 755 days ago.
This was Monaco’s seventh consecutive win and followed a slick 2-1 triumph over Tottenham in the Champions League in midweek. – AFP
Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet (R) competes for the ball with Olympique de Marseille’s goalkeeper Yohann Pele (L) during their French L1 at the Velodrome stadium yesterday. –